Shooting mummies in Salta with San Telmo Productions

Shooting mummies in Salta with San Telmo Productions

By Benjamín Harguindey San Telmo Productions was recently in charge of fixing a shoot for Saloon Media’s TV show Mummies Alive, which has its Canadian crew flying around the world filming different kinds of mummies. Their latest foray was in the province of Salta, Argentina, where the famous “Children of Llullaillaco” (three mummified children, the … Continue reading

Documentary “Erasing Dad” censored in Argentina

Documentary “Erasing Dad” censored in Argentina

The documentary Borrando a Papá (Erasing Dad) was originally set to premiere on August 28th, but it was suddenly pulled down at the behest of a non-governmental organization that criticized its release. Directed by Ginger Gentile and Sandra Fernández Ferreira, and produced by San Telmo Productions Erasing Dad is about the plight of fathers that are “erased” from their children’s lives after a divorce or separation by the family court system that tends to rule against fathers. Continue reading

Argentine Film Institute Creates Horror Movie Fund

Argentine Film Institute Creates Horror Movie Fund

By Benjamín Harguindey The president of the Argentinian INCAA Film Institute, Lucrecia Cardoso, has recently created a specific kind of funding for horror movie production in Argentina. A call for applications will launch shortly, after which two projects will be selected by the state for financing. Recent genre pieces include vampire movie Darkness by Day (2013), … Continue reading

Wild Tales Breaks Box Office Records in Argentina

Wild Tales Breaks Box Office Records in Argentina

By Benjamín Harguindey Damián Szifron’s “Wild Tales” (Relatos salvajes) made box-office history this weekend in Argentina, informed The Hollywood Reporter, opening with 450,000 tickets (an approximate $2.5 million dollars) and setting a new record not just for any movie launch of 2014 so far, but any Argentinian movie ever released as well. The movie launched … Continue reading

US Studios Invest in Argentinian Film Industry; Wild Tales takes Box Office Top Spot

US Studios Invest in Argentinian Film Industry; Wild Tales takes Box Office Top Spot

By Benjamín Harguindey Argentina is considered a “tastemaker” market in South America, coveted for positioning films for favorable runs around the continent. But currency restraints have recently prevented Hollywood studios like Disney and Paramount from cashing in on box office blockbusters distributed around the country, a result of Argentina’s devalued currency. Consequently, many of these US … Continue reading

San Telmo Productions joins thecallsheet.co.uk

San Telmo Productions joins thecallsheet.co.uk

By contributing blogger Benjamín Harguindey San Telmo Productions has been added to thecallsheet.co.uk, a primarily UK-based crew service gone global in response to the number of applications from crews around the world. thecallsheet.co.uk has over 3,000 members including Oscar, BAFTA & Emmy winning talent, as well as a database of over 50,000 people, productions and … Continue reading

Walter Salles produces Santiago Mitre’s second film – a remake of the controversial “La Patota”

Walter Salles produces Santiago Mitre’s second film – a remake of the controversial “La Patota”

By contributing blogger Benjamín Harguindey Walter Salles’ production house VideoFilmes will be co-producing Santiago Mitre’s second film “La Patota”, a remake of Daniel Tinayre’s classic 1960 social thriller. The international co-production is a result of a 2010 film fund intended to finance four co-productions a year between the countries of Argentina and Brazil. Salles, the … Continue reading

Winter is Coming: Snow Locations in Argentina

Winter is Coming: Snow Locations in Argentina

By contributing blogger Benjamín Harguindey Winter is coming! Not to Westeros Game of Thrones fans but to Argentina. Every mid-June to late September Argentina offers a rich diversity of winter locations for your next film, commercial or TV shoot. You may associate South America with tropical hot spots and desert plains, but wintertime in Argentina … Continue reading

Goals for Girls acclaimed by local & international press

Goals for Girls acclaimed by local & international press

By contributing blogger Benjamín Harguindey San Telmo Productions‘ feature length documentary Goals for Girls (Mujeres con pelotas, “Women with Balls” in Spanish) premiered May 8th after touring the Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival the previous month, and has garnered some very positive reviews from the local and international press alike, including being covered by … Continue reading

“Goals for Girls” Football Doc premieres at BAFICI 2014

“Goals for Girls” Football Doc premieres at BAFICI 2014

By contributing blogger Benjamín Harguindey Friday 4th saw the Argentine premiere of San Telmo Productions’ documentary Goals for Girls, about women’s association football in Argentina, where it is continually ridiculed and discredited. Directors Gabriel Balanovsky and Ginger Gentile were introduced by BAFICI director Marcelo Panozzo and engaged in a brief Q&A session after the screening along … Continue reading

Shooting in Buenos Aires & Río Negro for BBC Documentary

Shooting in Buenos Aires & Río Negro for BBC Documentary

By contributing blogger Benjamín Harguindey As production fixers, we’ve had the privilege of working with the United Kingdom on several production shoots, the latest of which was on a documentary for the BBC about parrots and their urban habitats. San Telmo Productions was in charge of fixing the filming of the documentary, a 12-day shoot in Buenos Aires City and … Continue reading

Álex de la Iglesia to shoot Leo Messi biopic in Argentinian-Spanish co-production

Álex de la Iglesia to shoot Leo Messi biopic in Argentinian-Spanish co-production

By contributing blogger Benjamín Harguindey Spanish filmmaker Álex de la Iglesia is slated to helm a Lionel Messi biopic in an Argentinian-Spanish co-production. De la Iglesia visited earlier this month Messi’s birthplace Rosario, gathering testimonies about his childhood and even visiting the small pitch where the current football ace played for the first time in … Continue reading

Shooting in Patagonia for LG of South Korea

Shooting in Patagonia for LG of South Korea

By contributing blogger Benjamín Harguindey The region of Patagonia, located in the Argentine south, comprises a series of mountains, glaciers and tundra that form many National Parks. While it has good infrastructure for tourism, its locations – such as the ever popular Perito Moreno Glacier – keep crowds at bay. As such we were privileged … Continue reading

Argentine Films Dominate Local Box Office

Argentine Films Dominate Local Box Office

By contributing blogger Benjamín Harguindey In an unprecedented turn of events for Argentine cinema, this month’s movie-going Top 5 has been dominated by local productions: the 3D animated family movie Foosball (Metegol), the romantic comedy León’s Heart (Corazón de león), the thriller 7th Floor (Séptimo) and the drama Wakolda, recently nominated on the Oscar shortlist. Foosball … Continue reading

Wakolda: The Tale of Those Who Looked Way

Wakolda: The Tale of Those Who Looked Way

By contributing blogger Benjamín Harguindey Wakolda goes to places few Argentine movies dare: that of postwar Nazi collaborationism, sanctioned by the government and, in the interest of this movie, society overall. It is both a critique and an acknowledgement of a society that was willing to trade moral ground for Nazi know-how and personal benefit. … Continue reading

Habemus Biopic: One Pope Movie Coming Right Up

Habemus Biopic: One Pope Movie Coming Right Up

By contributing blogger Benjamín Harguindey Argentine filmmaker Alejandro Agresti announced on Monday that he’ll be helming a biopic on Pope Francis, up until March 13th Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio. Titled A Priest’s Tale (Historia de un cura), the movie will be a co-production between Argentina’s Pampa Films production studio and Spain’s Pentagrama. Said Pampa producer … Continue reading

Bringing In Video or Film Equipment into Argentina?

Bringing In Video or Film Equipment into Argentina?

Summer (December to March) is the busy filming season in Argentina due to the sunny weather.  A lot of production companies have been contacting San Telmo Productions to arrange logistics for their shoots. First question: Are you bringing in professional film, video or audio equipment? You will also need to arrange customs clearence to enter … Continue reading

“Everybody Has a Plan” is Viggo Mortensen´s first Argentine Film: An Ambitious Debut

by Atzin Ortiz, Contributing Blogger Writer-director Ana Piterbarg has a very ambitious plan for her debut: making a big budget (around 3 million dollars, co-produced with Fox International), crowd-pleasing existential thriller starring a Spanish-speaking Viggo Mortensen in a double role. Despite her best intentions, and having a top notch pedigree onboard, “Todos Tenemos Un Plan” … Continue reading

“Anima Buenos Aires” Brings handcrafted Animation to Big Screen

“Anima Buenos Aires” Brings handcrafted Animation to Big Screen

by Cecilia Baron, contributing blogger Anima Buenos Aires, directed by María Verónica Ramírez  in collaboration with major Argentina graphic artists Pablo Faibre, Florencia Faivre ( Meado por los perros), Pablo Rodríguez Jauregui (Claustrópolis ), Carlos Nine (Bu-Bu ) and Caloi ( Mi Buenos Aires herido)  interlaces four evocations of a mythical Buenos Aires.  Each story … Continue reading

Snow Locations in June and July

Snow Locations in June and July

by Laura Pringle, contributing blogger Pull up your winter socks and shrug your scarf tightly around your neck because winter is here in the Southern Hemisphere.  If you are on the hunt for a snowy spot or winter location for you next film, commercial or TV shoot, Argentina has an abundance of stunning locations to … Continue reading

David Caruso set to Shoot Movie in Buenos Aires

David Caruso set to Shoot Movie in Buenos Aires

by Lauren Pringle, contibutting blogger Famous for his role in CSI: Miami, the North American actor David Caruso has been location scouting in search of inspiration for his next feature film entitled “Chacarita”. Due to be filmed later on this year, the actor has recently been spotted in the city on a quick stint to … Continue reading

Argentina Government to fund hundreds of hours of TV Content

by Lauren Pringle, contributing blogger Funding for television content in Argentina has always been a challenge: the few private broadcasters that commission do so mainly in house or with associated production companies.  This has kept independent producers out of the market, and limited the quantity of hours produced. A new initiative has been created by … Continue reading

Argentina´s Film Union: SICA

If you are planning on filming a movie (for theatrical release or for television) or a commercial, one of the key players you will be dealing with is the film crew union, or SICA (Sindicato de la Industria Cinematográfica). Unlike in other Latin American countries, film crew members are not independent contractors: they need to … Continue reading

Review of El Ardor, Argentina’s Jungle Western

Review of El Ardor, Argentina’s Jungle Western

By Benjamín Harguindey The Ardor (El Ardor) spawns from Argentina’s National Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts (INCAA) and Brazil’s National Cinema Agency (ANCINE) renewed Film/Audiovisual Co-production Agreement, which produces two movies a year since 2011. The director is Argentinian Pablo Fendrik, whose Blood Appears (La sangre brota) won at the 61° Cannes Film Festival … Continue reading

Wild Tales Press Conference: “It’s socially committed, it’s fun and it’s massive”

Wild Tales Press Conference: “It’s socially committed, it’s fun and it’s massive”

By Benjamín Harguindey Wild Tales (Relatos Salvajes) is easily the most hyped movie of the year: an international big-budget co-production signed by Pedro Almodóvar, scored by Academy Award winner Gustavo Santaolalla, directed by the immensely popular TV showrunner Damián Szifron (in a comeback no less) and featuring a star-studded cast of A-list actors such as Ricardo … Continue reading